The Atlantic Ocean Trek
This trek follows the beach and coastal dunes of Morocco in a northerly direction from Iftas to Essaouira for 4 days. Sometimes we head inland to explore the sand dunes, buildings of historical interest, and through the undergrowth of Thuya, Euphorbia and Argan trees. We will also visit pretty Moroccan fishing villages and follow some of the ancient caravan routes of the Portuguese. After our trek we spend 2 nights in Essaouira, a small town nestled inside fortress walls where you will have plenty of time to discover the architecture and freshly caught fish the town is renowned for before travelling back to the hustle and bustle of Marrakech.
Day 1: Sidi M’Barek
Transport is required to reach the sleepy town of Sidi M’Barek where a small trail leads to the lush waterfalls and the marabout (the home of a saint known for his healing powers). This short walk takes about 30 minutes to reach the waterfalls, and with a picnic prepared it makes for an ideal lunch spot. Because of the waterfalls and streams, the land surrounding the area is lush and green, unlike other parts of the Essaouira region covered with sand dunes. This is a perfect option for families with young children.
Day 2: Oued Ksob
This is perhaps the closest walk from Essaouira. Wandering along the Oued Ksob (oued means ‘river’ in local Darija dialect) on the Atlantic Coast from Essaouira, passing the eucalyptus forest and small sand dunes, trekkers can eventually wander to the ruined sultan’s palace in Sidi Ben Abdallah, often rumored to have been the inspiration for Jimi Hendrix’s Castles Made of Sand. As the river is low, it can be crossed by foot (wear shorts for your trek), but it is also a great spot for bird-watching as herons and other local fauna flock here throughout the day. This is an easy walk, with about three hours required to arrive in Diabat, just minutes from Essaouira
Day 3: Ain el Hajar Oasis
Starting from the central hub of the village of Ain el Hajar – the water fountains where locals fill up their water bottles before returning home by donkey – this walk is a gentle stroll through a palm grove with pomegranate bushes bearing fruit in the autumn months. Fig trees also dot the route while the turning back point may well be the largest argan tree in the area. Upon returning to the car park, wander past the Sidi Ali Ben Rahmoun marabout where the local saint lives. The area is active in olive oil production with the traditional stone wheels still in use and visible while wandering.
Day 4: Cap Sim to Sidi Kaouki
Starting at the rolling sand dunes of Cap Sim, 30 minutes from Essaouira, the trail heads past the lighthouse before wandering along the beach to the laid-back village of Sidi Kaouki, a true surfer’s paradise. Admire the marabout overlooking the beach before heading up to the square lined with surf shops and a few basic cafés. Stop for lunch before returning through the countryside to Cap Sim and enjoy views of the sea and dunes while crossing various terrains.
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2 person : 350 Euros per person
4 person : 220 Euros per person
6 person : 190 Euros per person
8 person : 150 Euros per person …
WHAT IS INCLUDED :
• English, French speaking Berber tour leader
• Transfers from and to your hotel
• Accommodation during your trek ( tents or guesthouse)
• Camels to carry your luggage during days of the trek .
• Kitchen equipment and
• Cook who prepares all the meals during the trek .
• All meals during your trek ( breakfast, lunch, dinner)
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED :
• Travel insurance
• The flights from and to your homeland
• Fresh drinks (water bottles during your trek, wine etc.)
Tipping for local team ( guide, cameleers)